Belly Dance Bites
A sweet sampling of what's on the menu here at Sahira Belly Dances on Teachable!
Welcome to your new online belly dance home!
I am so glad that you've joined me for this little sample from my studio! In it I will share with you a few delicious bites of what you can expect to taste when you join the party!
This studio currently houses hundreds of hours of fabulous dance content - everything from Egyptian to Improvisational Tribal, basic technique and drills, to choreographies of varying levels, prop work, folklore, theory and zills zills zills (my personal favorite!)
Take a moment to explore, dance and drill along with these classes and let me know what you think! If you enjoy what you see here I think you will LOVE the full-length courses I offer.
"Dancing allows me to find my authentic self. You can't be an imposter when you dance if you have self inquiry and reflection. There's no place to go. I think in belly dance you're your own partner. Then when you find joy it spreads. Thanks for all you do to keep dancers inspired!"
The best way to explore all the full courses I have to offer is through the Rhinestone Subscription - for just $30 a month you can access EVERYTHING I have here (even the courses that are not currently available for purchase.) Every month I upload new content accessible only to Rhinestone subscribers and any new courses I create are automatically added to your subscription.
Additionally, I offer a new course for direct purchase nearly every month - you will see a few of these currently for sale within the studio. Once you buy these you keep them in your account forever, so no matter whether or nor you are subscribed to course is always yours. Most courses are available for direct purchase for a limited time only and after that are only available to subscribers.
"I am so happy that I have subscribed to your courses! I have had a number of dance teachers but you have the clearest instructions. I learn at my own pace and your teaching method has opened helped me tremendously!"
You will notice that the amazing Silvia Salamanca also houses all of her online classes here as well! While her courses are not currently included in my Rhinestone subscription, everything she has is available for direct purchase - so dive on in and enjoy!
Thank you again for being here and for allowing me to share my love of the dance with you! If you have any questions or requests I would love to hear from you! You can email me at [email protected]
"You are an excellent, great dancer and I really enjoy your videos and tutorials. I think you are an excellent instructor, one of the best! You are precise, detailed and patient with providing the breakdown and with repetitions that allows beginners like myself the best way to learn this beautiful art form of Bellydance."
Frequently Asked Questions
Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.
In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, ”Arabian Spices“ and has since then been invited to teach and perform across the USA as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 she had the honor of being the first tribal instructor ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: ”Ali“ and ”Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” In 2011 she teamed up with Silvia Salamanca to release the DVD “Spanish Gypsy Passion“ and “Folkloric Combinations” was released in the Summer of 2013.
When in Houston, Sahira directs BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press. She is also founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Hips.
“I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 20 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!
What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. I’ve gained balance, confidence, poise, and come to appreciate my body and who I am… and you can too!
People have described my classes as “clear and easy to follow”, “approachable”, “a fabulous workout”. My science background comes out in my attention to detail and the way I break the movements down into their smallest component parts.
I look forward to helping others all over the world to learn and love this dance that means so much to me.
See you on the dance floor!”